ERIC Number: ED300420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Title VII Evaluation, 1987-88.
Baenen, Nancy R.; Yonan, Barbara
Title VII federal funds have been used in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) since 1985-86 to enhance the regular secondary bilingual and English-as-a-second-language programs for Hispanic limited English proficient (LEP) students. The four secondary campuses involved were those with the highest concentrations of Hispanic LEP students--Martin Junior High and Travis, Anderson, and Johnston High Schools. Title VII provided staff training, student tutoring, curriculum development, and parent/family training. In 1987-1988, a total of 233 LEP students were enrolled in these schools, while over the 3 years of the project, 33 Title VII teachers took one or more courses leading to ESL-endorsement certification. In addition, between 1986 and 1988, 16 workshops were held for parents/families of LEP students. Title VII in combination with other AISD programs appeared to have a positive impact over 3 years as English proficiency improved steadily across time and students narrowed the gaps between their performance and national norms in mathematics and language, although not in social studies, reading, or science. Spanish achievement improved in all subjects. Title VII students had lower retention rates, higher grade point averages, and more course credits than did other LEP students. Results for the single year 1987-88 were more mixed, but still positive, although the tutoring program was not considered effective. Long-term results show Title VII to be working, in combination with other AISD programs. Nineteen graphs and tables provide study data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Emergency School Aid Act 1972